– The Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA) completed a tremendously successful tradeshow September 18th in Birmingham, Alabama at the brand new Embassy Suites hotel. The exhibit hall was sold out weeks before the show. SPPA provided several overflow booths outside the ballroom to accommodate additional exhibits.
The morning session featured Dennis Shaw, CAS, instructing a full room on tips and strategies to boost business. This was followed by the opening of the tradeshow themed “Let the Good Times Roll”. 59 exhibitors were visited by over 200 distributors and sales people in the promotional products industry. Participants were thrilled with the convenience of the new venue, and the layout of the exhibit hall and registration area, as well as the easy access to the facility.
SPPA is traveling this week, bringing their shows to Mississippi and Louisiana for the first time in many years. Room shows will be held with over 20 exhibitors on September 22nd at the Embassy Suites in Jackson/Ridgeland, Mississippi and September 24th at the Residence Inn Towne Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Suppliers will display their latest products and distribute catalogs to Distributors from the local areas.
SPPA is a member-driven organization delivering quality education, trade shows, networking forums and friendship to promotional product professionals in the southeast, primarily those located in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and the panhandle of Florida. SPPA was formed to advance the image of promotional products and their use in the Sunbelt marketplace; promote the highest standards of business among its members and the promotional products industry in general; and create a meeting place for education, idea exchange, and friendship among Suppliers and Distributors.
Registration and additional details are available at http://www.sunbeltppa.org. SPPA is managed by Prime Management Services, http://www.primemanagement.net, who plans international conferences, trade shows, and events; and provides marketing, bookkeeping, publications, and membership management for non profit association, societies and trade organizations.
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– Now Micro, a leader in delivering cutting-edge technology solutions and services, is excited to announce and welcome Robert Wakefield as the Director of Technical Sales. Wakefield will support Now Micro’s sales and technical efforts at the design, planning and implementation level in the areas of storage, Virtualization and Enterprise Architecture.
Wakefield will be responsible for determining the overall direction and success of the Professional Services group to extend the already broad reach in our existing customer base, as well as identifying new and emerging markets.
Wakefield joins the Now Micro team from Minnetonka Public Schools where he served as the Network Security Specialist. In this role, he was responsible for creating and maintaining the district’s disaster recovery plan; implementing a VDI environment using VMware; handling corporate antivirus and incident response; and managing system security planning. Before serving as the Network Security Specialist, he was also the Network Systems Specialist, the Network Operations Specialist and the Field Technician.
With over 5 years of high level technical experience, Wakefield has extensive knowledge of numerous operating systems, networking and software services including VMware. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at ITT Tech teaching courses on Microsoft Desktop Operating Systems, Microsoft Network Operating Systems and WAN Technology.
“We are very excited to welcome Robert to our team at Now Micro,” said Pat Finn, President of Now Micro. “He will bring extensive technical knowledge of enterprise planning, Virtualization, system security and disaster recovery to our sales group, and broaden our offering to our customers.”
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Now Micro delivers cutting- edge technology solutions & services to government, education, & corporate clients, as well as vertically focused OEMs. Now Micro offers design & configuration services for application-specific markets like video surveillance & digital signage.
Now Micro’s technology solutions include partnerships with the most recognized manufacturers of desktop, notebook, server, & storage systems like HP, Lenovo, Dell, Panasonic, & Toshiba. Now Micro also specializes in providing tailor-made solutions under the Frontier Systems brand name.
Now Micro is focused on supporting our clients with a full range of services including: consultation, integration, installation, break fix, disposal & managed services. With Now Micro’s help, organizations are able to streamline procurement, installation, support, & disposal of technology.
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– WHO: Barcode artist Scott Blake. His digital art, inspired by the Y2K computer crisis, started with circles, squares and tile patterns that morphed into lines and eventually became barcodes. Blake has created more than 30 large-scale digital portraits of cultural icons using actual UPC numbers connected to some aspect of their lives.
WHAT: Blake is entering his work into the second annual ArtPrize competition, which bestows the world’s largest art prize. He will be looking to edge out 1,712 other artists in competition, which begins September 22 at 6 p.m. at 192 venues throughout Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
At ArtPrize, Blake will be exhibiting four of his barcode portraits at the Stache Gallery http://www.artprize.org/venues/public-profile/235, 120 South Division Ave., Studio 124. His Barcode Elvis http://www.barcodeart.com/Barcode_Elvis.html, Barcode Bruce Lee http://www.barcodeart.com/Bruce_Lee.html, Barcode Andy Warhol http://www.barcodeart.com/Andy_Warhol.html and Barcode Marilyn Monroe http://www.barcodeart.com/Marilyn_Monroe.html All will have barcode scanning interfaces that will allow patrons to interact with the portraits, including hearing music and viewing movies.
The “Barcode Elvis” portrait is made from barcodes from the singer’s music CDs. “Barcode Bruce Lee” and “Barcode Marilyn Monroe” are comprised of barcodes from DVDs of their movies. “Barcode Andy Warhol” features 2,160 barcodes from Campbell’s Soup cans, measures 8′ x 8′ and contains 829.4 megapixels.
In addition to international exhibitions, Blake’s art has been featured on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” Tech TV, Boing Boing TV, WFLA-TV (NBC), WFTS-TV (ABC), msnbc.com, Wired.com, and in Art Papers Magazine. His studio is located in Omaha, Nebraska; his art, a wide range of barcode art products and additional information can be found at
WHEN: Blake will be installing his portraits and will be available for interviews tomorrow, Sept. 21, beginning around noon and also on Sept. 22.
WHERE: Blake’s ArtPrize venue is the Stache Gallery , 120 South Division Ave., Studio 124, in Grand Rapids.
CONTACT: Scott Blake (402) 321-3485; or Jim Swope, (727) 744-4556;
– A wedding is an important commitment, and one of the happiest days of your life, so it’s imperative that everything goes perfectly. Here at Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa, one of the finest luxury hotels in Chester, we can help reduce the stress of planning your big day with our comprehensive Winter Wedding Package, available now for January 2011.
The Winter Wedding Package covers every aspect of your wedding day, including some of the little details that can sometimes be forgotten in the hectic build-up to the day; from a base and knife for the wedding cake, and chair covers, centrepieces and table cloths, to personalised table plans and menus, and a red carpet arrival for the bride and groom.
The full package covers reception drinks, a three-course wedding breakfast, complimentary room hire for the ceremony itself, a full buffet for the evening reception, a residential disco, and a complimentary bridal suite for the happy couple to round off their perfect day in comfort.
As well as offering a comprehensive wedding package, Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa has also secured a number of special discount deals for our customers with a range of additional wedding services, including wedding cars, florists, photography, wedding cakes, hair stylists, and more.
The Complete Winter Wedding Package from Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa is available for a range of dates throughout January 2011. A package based on 60 guests for the ceremony and 100 guests for the evening reception, is priced at £3995, but these prices can be adjusted according to alternative guest numbers.
For those who are planning a little further ahead, the Complete Wedding Winter Package is also available for 2012 dates, with prices only increasing from 2011 prices in line with inflation.
For more information about the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa, and to view their range of 2011 Wedding services and special offers, visit the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel website at http://www.grosvenorpulfordhotel.co.uk/.
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Valery Kovalska who usually specialises in designing costumes for dance and music performances devoted this collection to reflect the powers of nature and their impact on mankind.
The colours used for ‘Professional Suicides’ perfectly fit the style and the mood of this theme red, blue, black and a little bit of beige these colors symbolised unknown magic, mystery and dark powers of nature. Valery Kovalska always works with natural fabrics such as cotton, wool, denim, leather but the two distinguishing features showcased on the catwalk through the geometry and the clearness of lines.
The spirit and the mood of the ‘Professional Suicides’ collection was complimented by the rock music that played as the models took to the catwalk.
Recently showcased at Russia Fashion Week, Valery Kovalska has been highly praised for her contemporary, punk rock edge. When asked why she chose to showcase at A La Mode Valery said: “It was a great opportunity that I wanted to be a part of” and that she hopes to showcase the collection in Moscow and Kiev.
With an air of mystery and magic about herself and her work, Valery’s collection creates illusions, which are further supported with edgy promotional videos.
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